If all goes well, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in Cross River State may have wrapped up arrangements to field 18 candidates for the September 21, 2013 local council polls.
A breakdown of the candidates the party is fielding reveals that four women, Edisua Usang Iso (Bakassi), Rita Ayim (Ogoja LGA), Edison Usang Iso (Bakassi), Amadi Newman( Abi LGA), two from the Southern senatorial district and one each from the North and Central senatorial districts of the state, made the final cut.
Three of the candidates, Patrick Ene-Okon (Akpabuyo LGA), Inok Kuti Ebak (Etung LGA), Kyrian Ibi Mfan (Obubra LGA), approach the polls with PHDs in their kitty. Ene-Okon has a PHD in Mass Communication, while Kuti and Mfan hold doctorate degrees in Linguistics/Communication Studies and Business Education, respectively.
A pool of 12 candidates, Mike Usibe (Yala), Eyo Asuquo (Odukpani), Donatus Etim (Calabar Municipal), Ana Ndem (Biase), Patrick Ene-Okon (Akpabuyo), Joseph Itotup (Akamkpa), Abubakar Ewa (Boki), Rita Ayim Agbo (Ogoja LGA), Ikpi Ikpi Akpama (Yakurr LGA), Edisua Usang Iso (Bakassi), Emmanuel Ugbe (Obudu LGA) and Eyo Asuquo (Odukpani LGA), have dates of birth spanning a nine-year period, 1960 to ’69.
Jeremiah Ashua (Obaliku LGA), Inok Ebak (Etung LGA), Kyrian Mfan (Obubra LGA), Augustine Ushie (Bekwarra LGA), Ayiba Ayiba (Ikom LGA), have dates of birth falling between 1971 to ’77. Abi’s Edith Amadi, supposedly the youngest in the pack, was born in 1982.
While Ewa, Iso and Ene-Okon resigned political appointments to contest for their positions, Ayim, Usibe, Mfan and Ugare are coming from the state and federal civil service.
Biase’s Ana Ndem enters the fray with extensive public and private sector experience, resigning only recently from Fidelity Bank Plc.
It however remains to be seen if all 18 make it at the polls and go on to impact positively on the lives of the ordinary Cross Riverian at the grassroots.
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